The 17th annual Masters of Rock festival, the biggest rock and metal event in the Czech Republic, gets underway in Vizovice in south Moravia on Thursday evening. Among the headliners of this year’s edition will be the British heavy rock band Uriah Heep, which returns to the festival after 12 years. The organizers expect over 20,000 visitors from all over the world.
A passenger airplane operated by Czech budget airline Smartwings was forced
to make an emergency landing shortly after take-off at Budapest’s Ferenc
Liszt Airport on Thursday when its landing gear was damaged, a company
spokesperson told the Czech News Agency.
The Boeing 737-400 plane, which was heading to Hurghada in Egypt with 151 passengers and nine crew members on board, returned to Budapest and landed safely.
The Czech Foreign Ministry has received a diplomatic note from Afghanistan
concerning the death of three Czech soldiers in the country a year ago, the
news site iRozhlas reported on Thursday. The three Czech service members
were killed by a suicide bomber while conducting a joint foot patrol with
U.S. and local soldiers in eastern Afghanistan in August.
The foreign ministry’s spokeswoman Zuzana Štíchová says the details of the note cannot be unveiled for reasons of confidentiality. According to iRozhlas, it is related to a retaliation attack by Czech and US soldiers on accomplices of the suicide bomber.
The Supreme Court will consider an appeal over the licensing rights to the
famous cartoon character Krteček, or the Little Mole, Czech Television
The High Court in Prague had ruled in March that the granddaughter of Krteček’s creator, the late Zdeněk Miler, can no longer grant licenses to produce Little Mole collectibles.
Judges said that a contract Miler signed with her shortly before his death in 2011 was invalid and upheld an appeal by Milena Fischerová, who five years earlier had been authorised to administer Miler’s work.
Following her grandfather’s death, Karolína Milerová established the Little Mole Company, which competes against Fischerová. Meanwhile, other descendants of Miler’s are taking legal action to secure a share from the profits.
The semiannual Best Film Fest gets underway at Prague arthouse cinemas
Atlas, Lucerna, Evald and MAT on Thursday.
The eclectic program, now in its 16th year, features the top international and Czech films of the past year from a wide range of genres. The festival runs until 17 July.
Screening will be Oscar-winners such as Bohemian Rhapsody, the road movie Green Book, and the documentary Free Solo about a rock climber who attempts to conquer the famed El Capitan's 900-metre vertical rock face at Yosemite National Park.
The biopic drama genre will feature Pain and Fame about Spanish director Pedro Almodóvar, played by Antonio Banderas, who won Best Actor at Cannes.
Among the Czech movies in the Best Film Fest are the tragicomedy On the Roof with Alois Švehlík and Terrorist with Iva Janžurová.
Two divers on Wednesday broke the Czech national record for time spent
underwater. After a week and 15 minutes below the surface, they emerged
from a flooded quarry near Lišov in České Budějovice at 12:22.
David Vondrášek, a lecturer at the Prague Faculty of Physical Education and Sport, and his former student, Václav Gabriel, spent most of the week inside an underwater cabin at a depth of about ten metres.
Vondrášek was also the previous record holder, having spent 102 hours underwater in the same flooded quarry.
Ivory Coast international Simon Deli is reportedly leaving Slavia Prague
for FC Brugge next season.
According to press reports, the Belgian team will pay around 2.5 million euros for the 27-year-old defender.
Deli has twice won the championship title with Slavia Prague and the Czech Cup. He was also a regular player for his club in the Europa League quarter-finals this year.
Škoda Auto delivered 620,900 cars to customers in the first half of the
year, down 4.9 percent year on year.
The main factor was a drop of about a quarter in sales in China, the Volkswagen Group subsidiary said.
In the second half of 2019, the carmaker, which is the nation’s biggest exporter, expects to make up the difference thanks to demand for its new Scala and Kamiq models.
The Czech economy is expected to grow by 2.6 percent this year, following a
3 percent expansion in 2018, according to the latest forecast from
For the coming year, the European Commission foresees growth of 2.5 percent, again mainly fuelled by solid growth in household consumption, with investment growth expected to ‘normalise’.
Private consumption is likely to remain the main growth driver and should continue to benefit from swift growth in wages and pension incomes, and robust consumer confidence, the EC said.
The trade balance is set to deteriorate over the forecast horizon and detract from GDP growth in 2019, before turning neutral in 2020, the forecast says.
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